Nov 01 2021

Oxford to Zero

As COP26 begins, Oxford City Council is launching the third strand of its climate action to achieve a Zero Carbon City by 2040 or earlier. The launch of a new behaviour changing campaign will encourage citizens and communities to make little sustainable changes in their day-to-day lives which, combined, would add up to a significant…

Oct 28 2021

Switch off home working and commute by bus to reduce carbon emissions

Research has revealed an average employee that works from home all year round produces 80% more carbon emissions than an office worker. An average home worker produces 2.5 tonnes of carbon per year while working – the equivalent of making more than 1 million cups of tea. The study by WSP consultants identified that working from…

Oct 28 2021

Blenheim Donates 600 Thermal Lunchboxes to Oxford Food Hub

Blenheim has donated 600 thermal lunchboxes from its Palace gift shop to the Oxford Food Hub. The lunchboxes, which were surplus stock, were handed over to the charity by Blenheim’s Retail and Warehouse teams. They will be used to deliver individual meals to various community organisations, groups and schools across the county. “We’re delighted the…

Oct 27 2021

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival is back for 2021 with creative pop-ups in community hubs

In 2020, Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival shifted its focus from the city centre to become an event based in our local communities. This year the programme expands further into the city’s neighbourhoods and celebrates the Art of Connectivity over the weekend of 19 and 20 November. In central Oxford, the weekend will kick off with…

Oct 26 2021

World Mental Health Day at Blenheim

Blenheim marked World Mental Health Day with a series of wellbeing events and activities for staff. The annual event, which took place on 10th October, is run by the Mental Health Foundation a charity whose mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. As part of the week of activities, Blenheim…

Oct 25 2021

Brave the ‘Road to Colditz’ in SOFO Museum’s upcoming online event

An Online talk streaming at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 with a live Q&A with speakers Stuart Rolt and Thomas Hamilton-Baillie. Two sons tell of their fathers’ hair-raising wartime experiences and numerous escapes as prisoners of war in Germany, including the infamous Colditz Castle Free to view on the museum website, no registration required,…

Oct 25 2021

Bletchley Park’s biggest ever exhibition galleries to open in April 2022

For the first time, visitors will be able to explore a newly restored wartime building at the heart of the historic Bletchley Park World War Two Codebreaking site when the museum’s biggest ever exhibition and temporary exhibition galleries open in April 2022.   The Intelligence Factory, a permanent exhibition in Block A, the largest exhibition space on…

Oct 25 2021

Mischievous mayhem and tragic love: WNO’s Autumn Season at Oxford New Theatre

Company debuts for director Lindy Hume, designer Isabella Bywater and cast members Alexia Voulgaridou and Leonardo Caimi, with Joyce El-Khoury returning in new production of Madam Butterfly 35-year anniversary of classic Rossini production   This Autumn Welsh National Opera return to the New Theatre, Oxford with a new production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Performing from…

Oct 25 2021

Headless Horseman Gives Haunting Halloween Welcome at Blenheim

Brand New Trail at Blenheim Palace Opens for Halloween Half Term The autumn air was filled with wonder on Thursday, as hundreds of visitors enjoyed the spook-tacular surprises at the opening night of a new Halloween trail at Blenheim Palace.   A headless horseman ensures a rather grisly greeting at the gates of the palace, for…

Oct 22 2021

Discover things that go bump in the night in Oxford

Visitors to Oxford can now experience the spooky secrets of the city via a newly launched ghost walking tour. The Oxford Ghost Tour is a unique interactive experience delivered by a professional actor in an authentic cavalier outfit. Launched by City Sightseeing Oxford, owned by Oxford Bus Company, the tour will take visitors through the…

Oct 22 2021

Film Fans Get in the Spirit With Ghostbusters™: Afterlife at Westgate Oxford

Westgate Oxford is the ultimate destination for all the family this October half-term, with a whole host of fun activities for all ages – including a special two-day event in partnership with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Other October half-term activities include:   Indulge in a delicious bite to eat at Ole & Steen or Joe & the…

Oct 19 2021

Oxfordshire celebrated as champion for local energy innovations on COP26 bus tour

Oxfordshire has been heralded as a local energy champion in the fight against climate change as the UK prepares to host the COP26 summit next month. A fully electric double-decker bus pulled into Oxford City Centre on the first stop of a ‘Road to Renewables’ nationwide tour. Showcasing same of the most innovative clean energy…

Oct 18 2021

Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire is launching a brand new family Halloween event called ‘Scarily Ever After’

Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire is launching a brand new family Halloween event called ‘Scarily Ever After’. Owner Nick Laister says: “There’s always magic happening in the land of fairy tales, and there’s no better time for little ones to solve a spooky Halloween mystery than the most magical month of the year,…

Oct 15 2021

Three Delicious Food Brands Join Westgate Oxford’s Line-up

Westgate Oxford has announced an expansion to its food and beverage offer with the opening of Plants & Grills’ first retail space, alongside Joe & The Juice’s regional debut. Ole & Steen have also re-opened their Oxford branch. Plants & Grills opened their kiosk within the centre’s unique ’Westgate Social Street Food’ space. The brand…

Oct 14 2021

Chess Champions Crowned at Palace

The country’s brightest young chess players took part in the 26th Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge at Blenheim Palace at the weekend. The event was the culmination of months of online tournaments, which saw more than 2,250 students, representing over 800 schools and chess clubs competing throughout the summer Sixty players from across the UK…

Oct 14 2021

Father Christmas is returning to Bletchley Park for the festive season

Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, the once top-secret home of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers, now a vibrant museum and heritage attraction, will be welcoming the main man himself, Father Christmas, to its Vintage Christmas Grotto this winter. Taking up residence in the sumptuously decorated Vintage Christmas Grotto in the Bletchley Park Mansion, families will…

Oct 13 2021

Pye Homes Creating new Community at Marcham

Pye Homes has begun work on a community of 47 high-quality homes at its new Temple Gate development in Marcham. The new site will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses built in line with Pye’s ‘how we build principles’, based on the belief landowners have a social, economic and moral responsibility to…

Oct 13 2021

Covered Market launches audio tour The Un-Covered Market

Oxford Covered Market will launch a new audio tour, The Un-Covered Market, this weekend. The City Council commissioned Oxford-based multi-media artist Charlie Henry to create a participatory installation that embraces the history and communities who use the market. To watch the trailer click here Charlie gathered stories and memories from Covered Market users of all…

Oct 12 2021

Singer Attends Launch of Charity Photographic Exhibition at Blenheim’s Stables Café

Singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti and his wife, actress and artist, Jemma Powell were among guests at the official opening of MASKED, a new photographic exhibition at Blenheim Palace’s Stables Café in aid of children’s charity AT The Bus.   The Oxfordshire couple, who are great supporters of the charity, attended the event, which is being staged…

Oct 12 2021

Experience Oxfordshire MP roundtable reflects on the impact of Covid and the challenges faced for tourism recovery across the region

Last Friday, Hayley Beer-Gamage, CEO of Experience Oxfordshire hosted an MP roundtable with Robert Courts, Conservative MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire and Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for East Oxfordshire, plus a variety of businesses from across the region including representatives from Bicester Village, Blenheim Palace, and the Oxford Bus Company to discuss the Governments…

Oct 11 2021

Sunrise Walk Raises More Than £2,500 for Grief Support Charity

A sponsored sunrise walk at Blenheim Palace in memory of loved ones has raised more than £2,500 for a grief support charity working with children and young people in Oxfordshire. The event, which was organised by SeeSaw, Blenheim’s charity of the year, attracted 130 people. The fundraiser is a chance for people to walk with…